Two-Minute Drill: Meyer’s Power Hour Delivers Again
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer may not hate Michigan, per se, but he sure knows how to rile up his own fanbase.
During his weekly call-in show on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus – which we have started calling the Urban Power Hour – Meyer dropped a nice, juicy morsel for Ohio State fans to chew on.
While discussing the Buckeyes’ struggles defensively, Jim Lachey, one of the hosts of the call-in show, mentioned that Ohio State is first in the Big Ten in turnover margin this season, while Michigan ranks last after four games.
“I hope they’re last in everything,” Meyer said casually, as if he was reciting part of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Meyer also had a lot of other things to say during his hour-long call-in show on Thursday as the Buckeyes prepare to travel to East Lansing this weekend for the Big Ten opener.
*Meyer said DE Michael Bennett (groin) is probable, but even if he plays, it won't be much.
*CB Bradley Roby (shoulder) is also probable, but DB C.J. Barnett remains questionable with the ankle injury.
Preparing for Michigan State
*Meyer: “Practice has been good. It's Big Ten season. You feel a little different, the air's a little different.”
*Meyer: “We're off to 4-0 start, but this is Ohio State time.”
*Meyer: “Michigan State had their way last year. I watched that film and it was tough to watch.”
*Meyer said they plan to play more press-man coverage on the outside than they have all year. “And we haven't played much.”
*Meyer said playing man coverage can lead to fewer turnovers because corners have their backs to the QB.
*Caller asks Meyer for three things to win the game: 1. tackle the big guy, 2. more aggressive pass coverage, 3. no 3-and-outs.
*Meyer said they are still going to be aggressive on punt block, despite the penalty for running into the kicker.
*Meyer said MSU is so good at defending the pass because the interior guys push the pocket up front.
*Meyer said football is cyclical. Right now SEC, top to bottom, there is more speed. Quantity of talent is superior, not quality.
*Meyer said Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington were recruited by SEC schools. Said Simon could play in SEC, but “do we have enough?”
*Meyer said the Buckeyes have one guy on offense who consistently makes people miss, but he's the QB.
*Meyer said he coaches to see guys like Jordan Hall, Marcus Hall and Rod Smith turn their lives around.
*Meyer on Rod Smith: "He decided not to go on the bowl trip last year and he earned enough trust to carry the football last week."
*Caller asked if the problems with the defense were "a Fickell thing." Meyer said it's not fair to put defensive struggles just on one coach (Fickell) or a lack of playmakers. Said it comes down to missed tackles.
*Meyer said defensive ranking is alarming. Could give a lot of excuses, but he's not going to do that. Have to play better.
*Meyer not worried if a team can scheme up a 5-yard run for the RB. Worried when guys go for 80 because of missed tackles.
*Meyer said DE Nathan Williams is an NFL-caliber player, all-Big Ten type player. Called him Simonish with his preparations.
*Meyer said they thought DB Zach Domicone was done for the year, but he's going to play special teams and maybe some defense.
*Domicone told Meyer yesterday it's the best he's felt in two years with his knees.
*Meyer on his favorite Ohio State player: “Not even close, it's number 45. Especially once I got to meet him.”
*Also said, “Boy, Jack Tatum was a lot of fun to watch too.”
*Jim Lachey said his favorite Buckeyes were Archie and Cornelius Greene. Also John Hicks.
*Meyer said he had to get on one of his assistant coaches this year for yelling at the refs after a bad call.
*Meyer thinks college officiating is pretty good. Couldn't imagine walking into the locker room after that Green Bay game Monday night.
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